Touted as the world's largest outdoor book store, Bart's Books was created in 1964 when owner Richard Bartinsdale's personal book collection grew too large for his bungalow on Matilaja Street. That's pronounced Muh-TILL-uh-haw.
Richard then began building bookshelves on the patio, against the outside walls of his house, in the garden, along the fence, and anywhere else he could find room. For a long time, instead of having a cash register, Richard put coffee cans on top of the shelves for payments. Eventually, he was forced by his collection to move out and leave the property to what is now Bart's Books.
If you ever go to Ojai (and you know, you really need to), you would be quite remiss if you didn't stop in at Bart's. Better take an empty suitcase to carry all your books home in.
302 Matilaja St.